FRONT-ROW FRIENDS: Has an industry long-known for bitchiness and back-stabbing transformed into one of sharing and caring? Many New York designers were spotted at each others’ shows — and no, they weren’t spying. Some, like...
FRONT-ROW FRIENDS: Has an industry long-known for bitchiness and back-stabbing transformed into one of sharing and caring? Many New York designers were spotted at each others’ shows — and no, they weren’t spying. Some, like Heatherette’s Richie Rich, who attended Marc Jacobs, were invited for the fun of it. Others, like Tuleh’s Bryan Bradley and Amanda Brooks, who occupied the front row at Miguel Adrover, were out for solidarity’s sake. "It’s important to show support in the industry," Bradley said. "[Adrover’s] had a rough time, and not of his own doing."
Also spotted last week were Todd Oldham at Esteban Cortazar and Anna Sui, Matthew Williamson and Alvin Valley at Jeremy Scott, Anna Sui at James Coviello, James Coviello at Peter Som, John Bartlett at Miguel Adrover, Vera Wang at Ralph Lauren, Diane Von Furstenberg and head designer Nathan Jenden at Behnaz Sarafpour, and Tony Melillo at Calvin Klein.
POP GOES VUITTON: Marc Jacobs is plotting an encore to his famous collaboration with Stephen Sprouse, whose graffiti decorations on Louis Vuitton monogram handbags catapulted the brand — and inspired legions of copycats. WWD has learned that Jacobs has now tapped Japanese "Neo-Pop" artist Takashi Murakami to collaborate with him on spring 2003 accessories for Vuitton. Murakami is famous for his colorful, cartoon-like paintings and toys. Icons of his work include smiley-face flowers, colorful mushrooms and a Mickey Mouse-like character named Mr. Dob. Murakami’s first major European exhibition at the Cartier Foundation in Paris was recently extended through Oct. 27.
MAXIM TELL-ALL: Think the market is glutted with tell-all memoirs written by disgruntled former magazine editors? Well, make room for the newest entry. Former Maxim editor and current Spin magazine staffer Dave Itzkoff is shopping around a book called "Lads: A Memoir of Manhood" about his three-year tour of duty at Maxim magazine. While replete with the requisite dishy anecdotes about infidelity and drug use, Itzkoff’s book — an expanded version of an article he wrote for the New York Press — supposedly has more to offer than just insider media dirt. "It’s really about my failed attempt at becoming a man, and being a failed man while working at a magazine that is attempting to define masculinity for other men," Itzkoff said. Itzkoff’s agent, Nina Collins of Collins McCormick, added that "the book has elements of the Toby Young-type tell-all, but it’s deeper and funnier in a David Sedaris kind of way."
DOING THE HONORS: Christian Lacroix may be doing a scaled-down presentation of his spring 2003 collection Oct. 2, but it will start with a major moment. During a private dinner for 60 people before the event, LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault, who established Lacroix’s couture house 15 years ago, will decorate him as a chevalier of the Legion of Honor, a citation of merit by the French government.
HOP TO IT: Junya Watanabe, who enlisted jeans giant Levi Strauss for his men’s wear debut last year, has another major collaboration afoot. Word has it that the acclaimed Japanese designer has been working with Nike on women’s footwear — and not necessarily sneakers — which will be unveiled at his runway show in Paris Oct. 3.
THE OTHER OSBOURNE: He’s the Osbourne that MTV forgot. But clubbers in the U.K. and Ibiza have been lining up at hot spots like the Ministry of Sound and Cream to dance to the all-night house sessions of DJ Louis Osbourne, 26. Sired by Ozzy during his first marriage, Louis, who hails from Birmingham, England, took to raves instead of rock. After spending the last few years headlining European gigs alongside the likes of the Basement Jaxx, Osbourne will be making his American debut when he spins at the four-day-and-night bender called ClubNation, the first national nightlife seminar, Sunday through Oct. 2, at Webster Hall. Louis’ debut DJ mix CD is due in October, and he'll appear on the cover of the U.S. dance magazine Mixer later this year.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)